Ace Leader Karlovic Falls; Raonic, Isner Advance
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
Ivo Karlovic registered the most aces of the three big servers in first-round action Tuesday at Wimbledon, but was the only one to come up on the losing end.
The Croatian fired 32 aces to take his season total to a circuit-best 583 in a 6-4, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) loss to Canadian qualifier Frank Dancevic. He won just 19 per cent of his receiving points, falling to an 11-10 match record at the All England Club with his fifth first-round exit in 10 appearances.
Karlovic had served 51 aces in his 2005 Wimbledon opener, which resulted in defeat to Daniele Bracciali in a 12-10 fifth set. He achieved his best result in 2009, when he reached the quarter-finals by posting back-to-back Top 10 victories (l. to Federer).
“I played quite good considering [it was the] first match,” he said. “I was solid in the moments I needed to be. I served well. I just put more pressure on him. I was able to return quite well and do the things I wanted when I got control of the point.”
The Canadian will be hoping to advance to the Wimbledon third round for the first time with a win over American Jack Sock, who rallied to defeat French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-4.
“I've always had a tough time with him, even when I've been able to win,” said Raonic, who leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 2-1. “I know that I can sort of find the solutions. I feel like I'm playing good, and I feel like I will play better in my next match.”
John Isner, the No. 9 seed, finished with 26 aces in a 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 win over Great Britain’s Daniel Smethurst. He next goes on to play Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen, who beat Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-3, 7-6(3), 7-5.
"I'm not known for super comprehensive victories, so for me on this surface, to start the tournament out like that, it's a big positive," said Isner. "I played well when I needed to. Also made a fair share of errors. I had to save a good amount of break points as well. Could have been a little cleaner."
Isner holds the record for most aces in a tour-level match, hitting 113 in his marathon win over Nicolas Mahut in a 70-68 fifth set, four years ago at the All England Club. Mahut also eclipsed the century mark, serving 103 aces.